Radical Islam and the Compelling Stephen Schwartz Views

Stephen Schwartz


Over the last few days I have been reading the articles of Stephen Schwartz and his items in the “The Weekly Standard” .   In particular, two interesting items, “Europe’s Wahhabi Lobby” and  “CAIR Attacks American Educational Book Series”, which raises some interesting questions itself as well as for my own quest to understand the motivations and the best way to combat radicalism. 

Though I encourage people to read his material fully to gain their own judgement on the position he takes, we can summarize by saying that he takes a very dim view of the influence of outside ultra-conservative Muslim clerics as much as he does with the weak “do-gooder” mentality of western governments and international bodies. 

It would be safe to say that Stephen Schwartz has strong views, and to a greater degree, they are uniquely his.  Though I may suggest that he takes a more dramatic view of some aspects and leaves lesser factor to be left stranded, he is correct in many aspects.  

Schwarts, who himself is a Muslim, a convert and follower of Hannafi-Sufi ideals, may very well be correct in his declaration that CAIR (the Council of American-Islamic Relations) is the “leading Islamic extremist organization in North America”.  He goes further by saying that “CAIR pretends to be a civil liberties group”.   

We should seriously wonder if CAIR represents the aspiration of a fully-integrated but faithful American-Muslim community or that it represents protecting the customs, styles, infighting, politics, dogma and theological-politics from outside.   What is most certain is that CAIR does not represent all Muslims, integration is not a priority in its actions and rhetoric and it is has just way to many links to outside groups that are certainly not in most countries’ good-books if not linked directly to terrorism. 

Schwartz implies in his article a view that I support, that simply put the business of many immigration groups is to “milk the system” in their favor.  An objective that I fully understand as that is what interest-related lobbying is.  It is also something that is the first to be abused and hijacked by radicals.   

For example it is logical that immigrant groups want facilities, help in their attempts to settle and integrate.  For Muslims it would be access to halal, and if their numbers are sufficient, a mosque and protection from bigotry and racism via the law.  As groups begin this process it grows.  They may try to push for more funds, say to build a school or community centre and increased influence with authorities.  Radicals can enter the picture if they begin to have influence over the community – they want it like back home, because they are ultra-conservative they insist it has to be there way and if they have numbers – they demand more than they deserve or is in fact tolerated “back home”.  My country (The Netherlands) but mostly Britain suffers from this.   No Christmas trees in the street, that the butcher selling pork be removed because half the street is Muslim, and so on.  Start being pedantic on phrases and image based issues. These things do occur, be certain also that they are exaggerated by other agenda groups such as the far-right and ultra-nationalists, but just as sure, they do exist – and it is these interest and lobby groups – like CAIR – that also get all the news for good and for bad.   Does CAIR, for instance, openly reject the burqa as having nothing to do with religious piety and is contrary to American values, standards and morals?  Do they openly reject claims for Sharia being installed the judge either all of America or to a lesser degree the Muslims themselves?   No, they have done the opposite. 

The original ideal, from what I read and understand, of CAIR was to perhaps to protect and unite the American-Muslims and support communications between them and the government.  Most certainly it is an understandable, acceptable and a correct objective.   Almost certainly it grew to become a lobby group and therefore its objective was the get the most out of what is available to them and to push the interests of that organization to the max with authorities and it has done so.  Just as much, it has been tainted and hijacked by radical elements, non-integrationists and therefore is open to criticism from Schwartz, the media and of course open to being targeted by other extremists from self-proclaimed anti-jihadists and others in the far-right etc. 

Schwartz is appealing in his drawing a hard-line of what works and does not and when that line is crossed.   He supports the aspirations of his fellow Muslims and their rights but gives them no quarter if it is linked to abuse, radicalism and extremism.   He has very clearly condemned the OSCE in dealing with European conflicts as “do-gooders” and “The OSCE is, to put it bluntly, political correctness personified. Its agenda for combating intolerance and discrimination includes everyone from prostitutes to victims of schoolyard bullying. But it was obvious that the status of Islam in Europe, which has lately involved bloodshed in several countries, is viewed by OSCEcrats as an intractable challenge. 

Schwartz summarizes a meeting in Warsaw with various Muslim lobby groups as “Extremists get together to worry about intolerance” and thus, like CAIR, takes the line that the vast majority of Muslims are neither unified, radicalized nor a threat – but when it comes to collective lobby groups that many, if not the important ones are.   His argument is compelling. 

You think the world is impressed when someone goes into a bus in Israel and blows up a bunch of kids. That doesn’t impress people. What impresses people about Islam is a picture of the Taj Mahal. What impresses people who are not Muslims is Islam as a culture, Islam as a civilization, Islam as a set of beautiful mosques. Wahhabism wants to get rid of all that, it wants to drain all of that out of the religion.

As long as many Muslim interest groups that are supposed to represent the Muslims in the west are concentrating on defending influences that come from outside the west, respond by constant defensiveness, follow lines that do not actively condemn lines that they know are unacceptable – they will be tainted with radicalism and worse the sharp judgments by Stephen Schwartz has to be considered not only plausible and logical but actually valid and correct.

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2 Responses to Radical Islam and the Compelling Stephen Schwartz Views

  1. 正教会の智 says:

    Shwartz is first and always a Jew.

    He has always spouted Jew propaganda. HIs former nation-destroying tactic of the day was the Jews’ Communism, now it’s immigration and further de-Christianization, as well as subversion of Islam.

    • donny2811 says:

      He has shown and is actively a Muslim and I see no evidence to the contrary. I am happy to be shown links otherwise, but asuming that you are a Muslim then you also know that in your own religion that is supposed to be haram or unacceptable to question another’s faith.

      On this and another thread (Chesler), you make reference to “the Jews” or that being “a Jew” is reason enough. That I find bigoted and unacceptable and in fact was considering deleting the post for it but chose not to so I can make this point – that half the problem and ugliness from western agenda-groups that are anti-Islam is because they generalize and attack the entire faith of one community. You appear to be doing the same.
      I am not anti-Jewish and in fact find appealing the fact that Jews, Chrsitians and the Muslims all share many if not most facets of our faiths.

      Please, your postings are welcome but I will ask that if it is openly anti-semitic I will cut the posts, but again if you have clear evidene that Schwartz is not a Muslim or has become one to suvert Islam as you put it – I am interested in that information for debate and on-topic reasons.


      Donny vdH

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